State gymnastics: individual champions crowned on day three


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THORNTON – The first and second days of the 2021 State Gymnastics Championships were all about teams, but the third and final day was a day to recognize individual achievements and hand out medals.

One of the three stars of the day was Kate Bryant of Heritage, just a sophomore, who came from the middle of the field in qualifying to win two individual state titles in vault, with an incredible 9.9, and the floor exercise, where she scored a 9.775. The two individual titles are the first in the Heritage program since 1982.

“My state of mind today was to go fat or come home,” said Bryant. “It was really just to prove to myself that I could do it, and I think I did.”

“We’re so proud of her,” added Heritage Head Coach Andrea Schmidt. “She really came out like a champion today. She was really relaxed today and had a lot of fun so I think it made a really big difference.

In ranks 4A, Riley Marr of Palmer Ridge followed his overall runner-up performance last night with two individual titles today on floor with a 9.65 and on bars with a 9.7. These are the first individual event titles in the history of the Palmer Ridge gymnastics program. The team was something Marr said helped her over the bump.

“It was a really exciting team atmosphere, they were all there to support me,” said Marr. “They were just super loud and supportive, and having them here just motivated me to do what I was capable of. It’s really exciting to say that I am a state champion.

Following their all-around titles from the previous days, Isabella Gee of 5A Lakewood and Gianna Martyna of 4A Green Mountain each won an individual medal. Gee won gold on bars with a 9.8, while Martyna won vault with an impressive 9.925.

After performing below expectations in the all-around, 4A Niwot’s Mia Curry got back on track with the 4A beam title, winning a 9.55 to finish well ahead of the pack. On beam 5A, Lauren Burt of Lakewood took first place with a 9.65.

The individual medalists brought an end to three days of thrilling competition at Thornton High School, where fans filled the stands and teams were out in force to cheer on their teammates. 5A Broomfield won her first tag team title since 2012, while 4A Elizabeth won her third consecutive title.

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